Maher’s first musical inspiration came from
his father, who was a singer himself, performing locally in the beautiful
Mediterranean city of Tripoli - Lebanon.
Fascinated by the music and instruments, Maher got his first keyboard when he
was only ten and ever since music officially became part of Maher’s
The family moved to Sweden when Maher was
only 8, where he continued his schooling, and later entered university and got a
Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering. With things changing around him,
one thing remained the same - his strong passion for music. He would spend late
nights at school with his friends where they would sing, rap, compose and
experiment with music in every way. It didn’t take him long to realize that
music became an integral part of who he is.
After being involved for a while in the music scene
in Sweden as a music producer, Maher was introduced to RedOne, a gifted
music producer who was fast rising in the music scene in Sweden. Maher started
working with RedOne with Swedish artists, and later moved with him to New York.
For a few years he was in the middle of the hot rush of the NY music industry,
working with chart topping artists such as Kat Deluna on her debut album which
included smash hits ‘Whine up’ and ‘Run the Show’.
Maher had what many would describe as a dream job for someone so young in
such a glamorous business, but for Maher it felt like this was far from
what he would call ‘the dream’, “I loved the music but I hated everything that
surrounded it, it always felt like something wasn’t right”. RedOne was on the
verge of breaking into the big time, going on to work with artists like Akon,
Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias, Brandy, New Kids on the Block, and Michael Jackson
to mention just a few, and becoming one of the most sought-after music producers
in the world. Maher however was restless and eventually decided that the
music industry and all that surrounded wasn’t the right place for him and he
returned to Sweden. It wasn’t until he met a group of brothers who were active
in the Islamic community in Stockholm and he started regularly attending his
local mosque that he felt like he’d reached ‘home’.
Maher feels blessed to able to finally find
the right way, and feels like it’s his turn now to help others through his music
to do the same: “If I had one thing I’d like to tell people out there it
would be that it’s so easy to see the right way if we just open our eyes and
look properly; that’s what happened to me.”